I am relatively new to this group, but have been overwhelmed somewhat by the level of information and support given readily by really friendly and helpful members . Some of you will know my thyroid issues because of the nature of my questions , but I will explain for the sake of this blog. Since around 2005 I have witnessed my health deteriorate in several ways, primarily I believed this to be due to early menopause . My mother and her mother before her went through the change by the time they were forty, there is also a family history of osteoporosis and thyroid disorders, thyroid affects some of my aunties and cousins, whilst osteoporosis affects all five of my mother's sisters. Not a healthy bunch unfortunately. So at the age of thirty two I began with horrendous periods and the occasional bout of infections, sometimes feeling a little run down. I visited the doctor with infections when I realised they would not disappear with cystitis remedies and often mentioned my periods but was always advised the pill and nothing more. I declined this course of action. In my teens I had suffered with endometriosis, glandular fever and the beginning of a Sun allergy that has remained throughout my life, and have always shunned hormone treatments deciding not to stress my body further. I was in a stressful relationship and a stressful job and by 2009 when I left this relationship behind ,my health had begun to deteriorate further, periods even heavier, repeat eye and water infections, spots on face, dry skin , so after numerous visits to doctor and a few years later where they treated the ailments and not the cause I found myself armed with antibiotics on tap which do work on infections, and the agreement to try the pill (my periods now changed to much lighter and lasting longer) I began to pray for a miracle cure, because by now everything had worsened, my eyes are permanently dry and sensitive to the sun and cold, my skin so dry that it constantly itches I go through pots of e45products , I am ridiculously tired, at times I can almost sleep standing or sitting up! I have regular headaches, constipation is a nightmare, but the cold is a big issue for me, I am always over dressed with freezing hands and feet my hair and nails are brittle and I have zero tolerance for alcohol. There are other issues but I have blogged on enough. My main point being what does it take for a GP to take your word and treat the 'symptoms ?why should we have to go Private just to find help ? It doesn't take a genius to interpret borderline bloods and symptoms / family histories yet we all have to suffer negligence or find ourselves forking out again for a service we already pay for ,just to feel well. Good old NHS!